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U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program
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World Class Athlete Program
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Allegiance United States
Service history
Active 1997 – present
Part of Department of Defense

Department of the Army
Installation Management Command Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command

Nickname WCAP

The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) is a military unit whose primary mission is to support nationally and internationally ranked soldiers in participating on the U.S. Olympic team. The program is headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado.[1]


According to the U.S. Army, WCAP provides active duty, national guard and reserve soldiers the opportunity to train and compete at national and international sports competitions with the ultimate goal of selection to the United States Olympic Team and Paralympic Games, while maintaining a professional military career and promoting the U.S. Army.[1]


Any soldier-athlete (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve) may apply for selection provided:

  • Soldier is in good military standing
  • The sport the soldier is applying for is an Olympic Sport
  • Soldier has completed Advanced Individual Training (enlisted) or Officer Basic Course (officer)
  • Soldier meets sport specific entry standards, which normally consists of attaining a high national ranking or being selected to a US National Team for international competition[2][3]
  • WCAP is not a developmental program; it targets athletes who have achieved world class status in their sport.

WCAP OlympiansEdit


The Program sent 7 athletes and 4 coaches to the 2012 Summer Games in London.[4]



During the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games three soldier-athletes and one coach represented WCAP and the US Army in the XXI Olympiad.[6]

-10k Sprint[7]
-4-man USA Sled II Pilot
-4-man USA Sled II Brakeman[8]


During the 2008 Beijing Summer Games two WCAP athletes and one coach represented WCAP and the US Army in the XXIX Olympiad:[9]

-50m Rifle Competition
-Rapid Fire Pistol competition
  • MAJ David Johnson (Team USA Shooting Coach)

Other notable WCAP alumniEdit

Boyd Melson

Boyd Melson (right)

-2004 World Military Boxing Championships, gold medal (69-kg. weight class)[10]


  • Pearce, Kelly (27 November 1996). "Army brings elite athlete program to Fort Carson". Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. 


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